Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Las Trampas Church Through The Big Doors

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Las Trampas Church, the view through the big doors. I’m on the High Road to Taos often on photo tours, that it is hard to pass up another picture opportunity of this beautiful mission church of San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas. Thanks for looking and all the wonderful comments and support over the years. I’m very grateful. Thank you. Geraint.

Las Trampas Church, the view through the big doors.

San Jose De Gracia De Las Trampas, NM

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San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas, on the High Road to Taos, NM. On a little safari today, we stopped at the mission church and set up to photograph the adobe building with the fast-moving clouds. We spent a few hours in the location waiting as the clouds built and disappeared before our eyes, only to billow up again and vanish once more. Eventually, they returned and became thick, heavy storm clouds and the cold drove us back to Dixon on the Rio Embudo for coffee and snacks. Thanks for looking. G

San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas, NM

Raindrops, San Jose De Gracia De Las Trampas, NM

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Raindrops, San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas, NM. Through the looking glass, flashing back to a body of work I did in 2009. Spending more time this last week organizing my hard drives I came across this image I shot of the Las Trampas Mission Church on the High Road to Taos. An image of the St. Francis Mission Church made the exhibit in Taos back in 2010 but as I review my files this image grew on me. Thanks for looking. G

Raindrops, San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas, NM.

Truchas, Trampas, Ranchos De Taos, NM

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Truchas, Trampas, Ranchos De Taos, NM. High Road photography convoy tour continued form my post a few days ago. It was a little too much editing to do all in one go. There is no order of importance or favorite, I posted these and the previous images in the order we discovered then. Enjoy! And thank you for joining me virtually here on my website. G

Truchas Mission Church
Tin roof with crosses, Truchas Mission Church on the High Road to Taos.

 

Gated door filigree Truchas
Gated door with metal work filigree, Truchas Mission Church.

 

Wooden cross, Morada, Truchas
Wooden cross with Penitente Morada, Truchas, NM

 

Window, Truchas Morada
Window at the Penitente Morada, Truchas.

 

Woodpile House roof Truchas
Wood pile as big as a house up to the roof in Truchas, NM

 

Steer on a Deer skulls, Truchas
Steer skull on a deer skull, on a ladder in Truchas, on the High Road to Taos.

 

Las Trampas church adobe wall
Las Trampas Church belfry seen peeking over the adobe entrance wall.

 

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San Jose Church seen over the wooden gate in Las Trampas on the High Road to Taos.

 

Big doors Ranchos de Taos
Big doors on the St Francis Church, Ranchos de Taos.

 

High Road To Taos, Black And White Day

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High Road to Taos with R David Marks yesterday. Black and White is rubbing off on me on this day out on the High Road to Taos, in the mountains of northern New Mexico. It was a good day, lighting wise to make black and white images and in good company. Thanks for looking. G

Morada Cross, Truchas
A cross at the Penitente Morada in Truchas, a town on the High Road to Taos, northern NM

 

Ruby's Garage Truchas
Ruby’s Garage from the movie, Milagro Bean Field War, by author John Nichols, filmed in Truchas, NM

 

Om Shanti bus
“Om Shanti”, Wavy Gravy’s bus, parked in a field near Truchas, NM

 

Dormer windows and solitary cloud
Dormer windows and solitary cloud, Llano de San Juan, NM

 

Horse and dormer windows
Horse head and mane with dormer windows, steel roof and mountain clouds, Llano de San Juan, on the High Road to Taos

 

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Horse in the shade of the portal in Llano de San Juan on the High Road to Taos

 

Serpentine roof line
Serpentine roof line on a building (possibly a Morada) in Llano de San Juan, NM

 

Las Trampas church
Church of Santo Tomas, (San Jose de Gracia de Las Trampas) Las Trampas, NM, on the High Road to Taos.

 

Born In A Barn, High Road To Taos

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Born in a barn on the High Road to Taos. I’ll keep it short for the next few days. Stay tuned for a change of scenery. But I have to say, the “key lime pie” at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas NM is delicious. It probably wont be the last piece over the next few days. Thanks for looking. G

Born In A Barn, High Road To Taos

Church Yard, Grave Marker, New Mexico

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Church yard, grave marker, Las Trampas, on the High Road to Taos, New Mexico. I made this toned black and white from an older color image. I like the way the brightness of the high desert light reflected off the ground on to the ornate, filigree design of the cross with the rim light setting off the edges of the stone. Those two little clouds caught my attention as I laid on the ground in the old church yard. Thanks for looking. G

Las Trampas Church, New Mexico

New Mexico Culture, Las Trampas Church

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New Mexico Culture, Las Trampas Church, San José de Gracia on the High Road to Taos. A continual restoration and mudding project. One of the most beautiful and possibly the most authentic adobe mission churches in all of New Mexico. I visit this location about half a dozen times a month and I always see something new. I am always glad to see how many people get out of their vehicles to gaze on and explore this historic building. I am surprised to see how many people cruise into the parking lot, point their cameras out of the car window, and drive away having bagged another location on the bucket list. I am evening more surprised how many people pull into the parking area and leave, experiencing no further encounter with this New Mexico cultural icon, on the historic mountain highway route to Taos. Ah well… each to their own. Thanks for looking. G

New Mexico Culture San Jose de Gracia Church

Here’s another view from 2016

Some more information on the San José de Gracia Church

Las Trampas Grave Marker, On The High Road To Taos

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Las Trampas grave marker, on the High Road to Taos Historical grave marker in Las Trampas at the San Jose de Gracia Church on the High Road to Taos, New Mexico. The top decoration has since vanished. I’ve added a link below to an Ansel Adams image of the same grave marker entitled “Grave Railing, Las Trampas Church, N.M., c. 1958. Thanks for looking. G

Las Trampas grave marker, on the High Road to Taos

Link to Ansel Adams image of the same cross


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